They never saw losses in Tests

After those who saw only losses, we move to those who never saw losses.

There are 70 players who played 5 or more Tests and never saw a loss. Here are the top few:

This starts with Rajesh Chauhan, an off-spinner who played for India in the mid-90s.

https://www.espncricinfo.com/player/rajesh-chauhan-27622

Again, this feat of longevity is more due to being in the right place in the right time. At that time India needed to play 3 spinners in most Tests (Chauhan along with Kumble and Raju) as the pace attack was in transition (Kapil’s final days and Srinath just starting off).

Next there are McCool, Loxton and Toshack who were fringe members of Bradman’s invincibles of the late 1940s.

From India there are also KK Nair and CV Gadkari (whom we will meet later). They played 6 Tests without seeing a loss.

Among current players there are KA Jamieson (6 wins out of 6) and Mohammad Siraj (4 wins and one draw out of 5).

Analyzing Test captaincies – 4

Here we look at captains with no wins, no losses and no draws.

No Wins:

These are captains in 4 or more Tests with no wins.

Headed by M Ashraful of Bangladesh with 13 (12 losses and 1 draw). The next (IT Botham) is more surprising. Another Bangladeshi Khaled Mashud also has 12.

In recent years there are AG Cremer (8) and KC Brathwaite (5).

From India there are MH Mankad (6), S Venkataraghavan (5) and others with 4.

No losses:

These are captains in 2 or more Tests with no losses.

WW Armstrong with 10 heads this list, with 8 wins and 2 draws.

Next are DB Close and FG Mann with 7.

In recent years there is only AM Rahane with 2; both of these wins were when he was standing in for Kohli.

From India we also have Srikkanth with 4 (all draws).

No draws:

These are captains in 3 or more Tests with no draws.

Headed by Waqar Younis (17, 10 wins and 7 losses). The next is Shakib with 14 (3 wins and 11 losses).

Others from recent times (other than Shakib) include R Herath, KC Brathwaite and RAS Lakmal with 5.

Brathwaite has 5 losses out of 5.

From India there is DK Gaekwad with 4 (all losses). He is presently India’s oldest living Test player.